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Peter Guber
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    (March 1, 1942- )
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Birth name was Howard Peter Guber
    With Neil Bogart, founded Casablanca Records (1973)
    With Jon Peters, founded Guber-Peters Company (1983)
    CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment (1989-95)
    Founded Mandalay Entertainment (1995)
    Minority owner of the Golden State Warriors
    Producer or executive producer of the films 'The Deep' (1977), 'Midnight Express' (1978), 'An American Werewolf in London' (1981), 'Missing' (1982), 'Flashdance' (1983), 'The Color Purple' (1985), 'The Witches of Eastwick' (1987), 'Rain Man' (1988), 'Gorillas in the Mist' (1988), 'Batman' (1989), 'Bonfire of the Vanities' (1990), 'Batman Returns' (1992), 'This Boy's Life' (1992), 'With Honors' (1994), 'Sleepy Hollow' (1999), 'The Score' (2001), Beyond Borders' (2003) and 'The Jacket' (2005)
    One profile described him as 'brilliant, manipulative, seductive and virtually without close friends.'
    When Steven Spielberg signed up to direct 'The Color Purple,' he insisted on a clause in his contract banning Guber from the set.
    At Sony, his lavish spending resulted in studio overhead running $50-75 million a year higher than at any competitor.
    He had Sony buy 19th-century antique furniture to decorate the office one aspiring producer, who happened to be his wife.
    After watching a demonstration of an early video cassette machine, he wrote for the journal 'Cinema' a far-sighted look at the changes the home video market would create.
    The films he produced made over $3 billion and earned over 50 Oscar nominations.
    He was named 'Producer of the Year' by the National Association of Theater Owners (1978).
    He served as a juror during the Winona Ryder shoplifting trial (2002).

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